Turkey's opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) chairman Devlet Bahçeli commented on recent intra-party turmoil between the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) administration and dissidents, saying, "They are in deep chaos and in the vortex of conflicts." Speaking at his party's weekly group meeting in Parliament, Bahçeli referred to the intra-party conflict plaguing the CHP and slammed partisan politics for previously targeting the MHP.
"The CHP, which aimed to destroy the MHP and backed everyone who tried to discredit MHP supporters, has now fallen into their own trap," said Bahçeli. "The MHP will continue to serve the Turkish nation with its moral values in line with national values, while they [the CHP] are fighting with each other.'' Touching upon intra-party dissidents, the MHP leader described them as "politically corrupted" while underlininig that the MHP will not surrender to them.
Criticizing the opposing stance taken by EU member states against Turkey, Bahçeli stressed that the EU's reaction to last year's July 15 coup attempt compared to its reaction to the PKK terrorist organization points to extreme inconsistencies in the bloc, noting: "Turkey's EU adventure has already lost its meaning and is far from having a binding force. The EU, which has systematically hurt Turkey's national pride, has lost all of its credibility especially following the recently made decision to reinstate the political monitoring procedure in Turkey," said Bahçeli.
Bahceli also called for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to immediately bring forth a bill in parliament to reinstate the death penalty, saying: "Is the death penalty a social request? Yes. Is the AK Party supporting it? Yes. Has the president said that he will sign it when it is ratified by parliament? Yes," he said. "In this case, we should no longer wait for it, we should not delay this. Let us show everyone that Turkey can take its own matters into its own hands," he stressed.
Turkey abolished the death penalty in 2004 with aims to start EU accession negotiations; however, discussions about reinstating the death penalty resumed after the July 15 failed coup attempt, upon public demand.